Lady Eagles aiming for rematch with Thorndale

Milano has remained perfect since loss in district opener

Stonie Guthrie pulled the trigger on 14 kills in Milano’s victory Tuesday against Georgetown Gateway. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Stonie Guthrie pulled the trigger on 14 kills in Milano’s victory Tuesday against Georgetown Gateway. Reporter/Marie Bakken MIL ANO—The No. 17 Lady Eagles (20-6 , 6-1) swept two more District 16A opponents over the week, setting up what should be an exciting re-match with No. 20 Thorndale on Saturday to start the second round of league play.

The first time these two teams met was on Sept. 4 in Thorndale and Milano was ranked No. 7. The Lady Dogs pulled an upset in a five set marathon.

Neither has lost a game since that evening. Actually, Thorndale hasn’t be beaten in district play.

Lady Eagles head coach Wendy King feels like her team will be ready and focused for the rematch with Thorndale.

“All I expect for Saturday is for us to play better than we did in Thorndale,” King said. “I think it will be a very good match and the team that plays the big points better will win. That can be us but the girls will determine that Saturday. I hope Milano will come out Saturday and support us.”

On Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles took down Georgetown Gateway in straight sets 25-4, 25-3, 25-9.

Stonie Guthrie led the way for Milano with 14 kills and two digs. Myka Morehead followed with seven kills and six aces, with Elizabeth Holt putting up six kills and five aces.

Kiersten Bastow set 16 assists and put up two digs, whi le Hayleigh LaGrone added nine assists.

Keely LaGrone added three kills and one dig and Raighley Shaw added two aces and a dig.

Milano grabbed a straight set road victory at Thrall on Saturday, fighting to take games 25-10, 25-19, 25-16.

Guthrie led the way with 15 kills and three digs, with Morehead adding 11 kills. Keely LaGrone had three kills and two blocks, with Holt adding two kills and two aces.

Hayleigh LaGrone put up 14 assists and Bastow 13 assists, two digs and a kill.

Shaw added three aces, Halle McManess pulled up three digs and libero Kelly Wadlington had two digs.

King said that at this point in the season, the team is playing about where she wants them to be with just a few things to “clean” up.

“I feel like we are playing well right now,” she said. “We are still getting lots of calls for mishandling second contacts. We are working on trying to clean that up but other than that, I am happy with how we are playing.”

The Lady Eagles will play at Bartlett on Tuesday.

JUNIOR HIGH CHAMPS— Milano’s junior high teams competed in the seventh and eighth grade divisions of the Westphalia Tournament. Both Milano teams came home with championship trophies.

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